Paperback: 624 pages
Publisher: Biddles Books; First Edition (2019)
Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1053 in Law (Books)
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ABOUT THE BOOK
An unprecedented lawsuit was filed in the name of, the Aga Khan against two of his followers, for publishing his guidance to his community. The Aga Khan is a religious Leader (Imam), of some 20 million Ismaili Muslims. This lawsuit continued for 5 years with evidence of forgeries, confrontation harassment and violence. There has been extensive research of the facts, the culture, politics, religion, governance as well as Post-truths, propaganda and mind sets. And, why political and religious authority, are exercised differently by for example Leaders, groups, lobbies, and organisations. The findings and conclusions include, political, social, and economic ideologies today. In this case, Aga Khan was right. So, what went wrong. In this book, the author Lifts the veil, also, in the context of the Quran, Farmans of the Imams, including the Ismaili constitution and ginans.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
M Chatur. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in United Kingdom, and has had extensive professional, forensic, legal and business experience, in many sectors, and, in many countries around the world. He has been a part of many, not for profit social organisations, and programs, including Rotary International. He is an Ismaili scholar. He graduated from “Al Misbah”, education program of the Institute of Ismaili studies, in London. He has served in various capacities in Aga Khan community entities and their programs. He has written articles on aspects of Ismaili Muslim faith. For 4 years, in 2009, he served as Hon Secretary of the Aga Khan community’s Religious Education Board, for the Middle East, 6 Countries. His research includes interaction with many other faith communities, globally. His family settled in UK & Canada.
Some of the questions answered in this book;
1 Why would a religious Leader refuse to meet his followers (spiritual children), and instead allow a lawsuit to be filed or continued
2 Why would a religious Leader file a lawsuit against his followers for disseminating his own, verbatim and authentic guidance?
3 How is leadership and authority exercised by H. H. the Aga Khan, and by the institutions of the community.
4 Whether His Highness the Aga Khan, acted in accordance with his own authority, guidance and role.
5 Whether the Aga Khan acted in the best interests of the collective wellbeing of the community.
6 What are the reasons why this lawsuit was allowed to continue, when the Aga Khan could have ended it in a five-minute meeting?
7 What were the reasons behind the actions of the leadership?
8 What were the reactions and interventions within the community, by individuals, and groups?
9 What are the ground realities of the system and structure of governance, and constitution?
10 What is the culture and mindset of the different classes, groups, and the community institutions?
It may not seem so, but His Highness the Aga Khan was right in what he did, as a spiritual father, Imam and, Leader.
“You should not feel that, that dialogue is not something which I wish to encourage. Remember that authority has with its duty and the need to serve. There is no authority in My mind which is healthy if it is absolute and it does not take place within a philosophical and a social context. And, therefore, in your leadership to the Jamat (community) be considerate, be humble, be hard working and share with the Jamat their concerns and their needs” (Aga Khan IV)
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